Redlands Symphony hosts annual OrKIDstra

04/10/14 • by Yazmin Alvarez • Inland Empire Community Newspapers

Lions. Tigers. And Bears – oh my!

All three “animal” species and more ran wild Sunday afternoon at the Redlands Symphony’s annual OrKIDstra Family Concert and Petting Zoo held at the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands.

More than 300 attended the event, which included an interactive concert featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals.” conducted by Co Nguyen, and a chance to touch instruments featured in the performance after.

Youths of various ages were asked to portray animals featured on the musical safari, and some were not afraid to take on the necessary roles as they took the aisles to have some fun, explained Paul Ideker, president and CEO of the Redlands Symphony.

“We love this,” he said. “It’s a treat to see moms and dads, aunts and uncles, and grandpas and grandmas with their kids.”

Established in 1998 by the symphony, OrKIDstra is designed to increase elementary school students’ abilities to perceive and comprehend music and to use those perceptions and ideas in the styles of all music, according to a post on the organization’s website.

Sunday’s event was designed to do just that, and light a fire of past musicians as well, said Ideker.

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